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Originally Posted by un4gitabl View Post

 

Good Morning Ladies,

 

I sent my wire transfer to the resort and promptly Cecilia has stopped responding to my emails.  She will not confirm that she has received that transfer and I made the transfer at the end of November.  Any suggestions?  I'm starting to panic that I need to look at other resorts!!  It's been almost a month since I heard from her. 

 

Thank you!!

 

I suggest you to ask to the wedding planner to confirm you that she hold the date and the place for you up to receive the money transfer.

 

Book the place where you want the ceremony and the dinner because in case of 2 weddings in the same day, the first that book hold the place.

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First I would like to THANK YOU all the ladies on this blog who had posted so much useful information.  Now is my turn to share my experience at SMB.

 

LOVE the resort, GOOD service, GOOD food, people are friendly.

Wedding Day Experience:  A+.  

Eventhough there were few hiccups here and there... you know what: “Itâ€s my day… and I should enjoy to the MAX!!!â€

 

Wedding Details:

Arrival Date:  Thursday Dec 6

Wedding Date:  Sunday Dec 9

Wedding Co-coordinator: Cecilia

Meeting with wedding c-coordinator: Friday Dec 7 at Noon

# of Guest: 20

Wedding Package: Gold

 

Wedding Locations:

I know itâ€s hard to decide the locations when you havenâ€t been to the site.  I do believe you had seen pictures for different location form Cecilia or even on this blog, GO WITH YOUR GUTS and pick the first choice you have in mind!

When you have your first meeting with the coordinator, she will show you all the sites and you can finalize all the details with her

<My Choices>

Ceremony Location:  3pm Beach New Canopy (I requested to setup at the old canopy on the contract, not sure why I ended up at the new one… but it worked out fine)

Cocktail Hour:  on the beach (with the Mexican band)

Reception Location: 6:30pm at Pool Side Gazebo (Rain started at six... *sigh* had to moved everything inside to the private room inside The World Café.  Dinner started at 7pm, was impressed the last min change workout quickly and smoothly!!)

 

 

Makeup & Hair Service at the Spa:  what a great job my Makeup artist did!  (I didnâ€t do trail run, just brought a picture of the hair style and makeup style and both turn out really really Great!!)

  • They used MAC products and the makeup lasted for the whole day
  • Foundation perfectly match my skin tone
  • Strongly recommend half-do or up-do.  I have long hair and always prefer with my hair down, but I took the advices from my photographers and the makeup artist to have my hair all up and not regretting it.  It could be a little bit windy on the beach and you donâ€t want your hair all over your face on every picture!!

 

Extra Upgrades:

  • Sound System for Ceremony. (Awesome suggestion from the blog, waves on the beach can be loud. If you have a bigger group, you might want to invest the sound system so that everyone can hear the wedding administrator and the music during the ceremony)
  • Flowers upgrades, including 4 bamboo flower arrangements along the ceremony isles. (I was very disappointed that my bouquet and bamboo flowers turned out to be totally different than we agreed with the florist.  We even had the emails and pictures of the flowers on the contract.  The flowers are nice but not what I expected and paid for)  After all, I still think that itâ€s a good upgrade, good decoration and turned out great on pictures!!!
  • Hired outside photographer (8hrs service) – Citlalli Rico.  Had a great experience with Citalli and her assistant Tamara… canâ€t wait to see my wedding pictures!!!  (Instead of going for the package photographer, weâ€ve hired someone outside.  There were $100/pp charge for the resort day pass)
  • 3hrs DJ.  (we subsidized the photos hours by 3hrs DJ time, extra charge also applied)
  • Cool Firework… LOVE LOVE the firework at our reception entrance J
  • Added two Lightings for tables
  • Dinner Menu Upgrade – Platinum Dinner Menu.

 

Other little things……

  • Parasols, hand fans, bubbles, Wedding Timeline (DIY) for the Ceremony
  • Reception Table Runners to add some color accents (Bought from an online store)
  • Reception Table Name tags (Silver luggage Name Tags) and Wedding Favors (Bought from online store)
  • Bride and Groom Chair Signs (DIY)
  • Table Seating Plan for the Wedding Co-ordinator and the DJ
  • Group Picture Name List (it helps to speed up the Group picture section and have more time for the B&G to take their own pictures)

 

Ceremony Songs: Very upbeat and urban Instrumental Music from “Vitamin String Quartet†and “The Piano Guysâ€.

Bride Entrance:  Lucky (Vitamin String Quartet)

Interlude: Say Yes (Vitamin String Quartet)

Sand Ceremony: Iâ€m yours (Vitamin String Quartet)

Recessional: Canon in D / Rockelbel's Canon (The Piano Guys)

 

 

P.S.

During my 10 days stay at SMB, everyday has at least one wedding going on.  I can imagine how busy are the two wedding coordinators would be from answering emails, to physically setup and run-down the real weddings.

I was very frustrated when I first tried to book my wedding date a year ago and I was surprised at the time I couldnâ€t get the “dates†I wanted, and ended up having a Sunday wedding and have to pay for extra $100.

SO…. All future brides, contact your coordinator and secure your DATE, WEDDING LOCATION, RECEPTION LOCATION ASAP!!  All other details will come into place … donâ€t stress yourself out!!

 

I know your wedding will work out beautifully like mine!

 

XOXO

- Funkydoll

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Originally Posted by Funkydoll View Post

 

First I would like to THANK YOU all the ladies on this blog who had posted so much useful information.  Now is my turn to share my experience at SMB.

 

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I know your wedding will work out beautifully like mine!

 

XOXO

- Funkydoll

 

Welcome back Funkydoll, thank you for your review!

Now we are wainting for some pictures :-)

Have you choose barefoot or sandals for the ceremony in the beacu?

Have you been in the old mansion to take pictures?

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Originally Posted by CriCri View Post

Welcome back Funkydoll, thank you for your review!

Now we are wainting for some pictures :-)

Have you choose barefoot or sandals for the ceremony in the beacu?

Have you been in the old mansion to take pictures?

Videographer (included in the Gold Pkg) - Received the DVD on the forth day after the wedding, they've done a amazing job!

 

B&G Photo Shoot – Abandon Mansion.

It was a short five min walk to there, but it was a work-out dragging a long wedding gown and walkthrough the little bushes. 

oooh well... don't be scared of my little comment..... seriously IT ALL WORTH IT!   I bet those pictures will turn out amazing J

 

Also becos of the photo shoot, we totally missed out the cocktail hour.  Good comments about the food and the Mexican Band.

 

Barefoot or sandals?

Iâ€m 5â€4 and my husband is 6â€3…… 

I was wearing my wedge sandals walking down the wooden path, but it became hard to walk on the sand with the long dress.  So I slipped them off while I was halfway down and gone barefoot!

If I had a chance to do it again… I would have my wedge sandal sitting at the canopy and slip them on when I take pictures.

 

Picture PICTURE PICTURE!

My photographers will deliver the pictures within 6-8 weeks.  Yeah… the wait is torturing me

I need to gather all the pictures from my friends and family, will share with you when I get a hold of them!!

 

So… all SM brides… feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

HAPPY PLANNING!!

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Originally Posted by un4gitabl View Post

 

Good Morning Ladies,

 

I sent my wire transfer to the resort and promptly Cecilia has stopped responding to my emails.  She will not confirm that she has received that transfer and I made the transfer at the end of November.  Any suggestions?  I'm starting to panic that I need to look at other resorts!!  It's been almost a month since I heard from her. 

 

Thank you!!

Cecila was off on Sunday Dec 16 while i was there... maybe she's still on vacation.

 

Keep email her (with no attachement on your email), i lost connection with her during my planning stage and she finally got back to me say'n that my emails were in her Spam folder.

If you still couldn't get a hold of her, try the other wedding co-ordinator Valeria Burgos

 

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It sounds like it so so amazing!!! So happy for you!  I am also thinking about bringing table runners (for the circle tables) to add some color.  I don' know what size to order though. Can you advise?  Also, will the tables seat 6 or 8 people? oh.... and did u have to pay for open bar in addition to the reception cost or does the per person for dinner include booze? Sorry!!! I'm having a rough time nailing down details with Cecilia :(  Thanks in advance for any advice :)

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Hey Funkydoll!!

 

I am so glad to hear about your wonderful time at SMB!  Our wedding is on March 15, 2013, and we are so excited!  I do have a few questions for you though...  I have scattered them throughout your review.  

 

Thanks in advance!!  :)

 

 

Originally Posted by Funkydoll View Post

First I would like to THANK YOU all the ladies on this blog who had posted so much useful information.  Now is my turn to share my experience at SMB.

 

LOVE the resort, GOOD service, GOOD food, people are friendly.

Wedding Day Experience:  A+.  

Eventhough there were few hiccups here and there... you know what: “Itâ€s my day… and I should enjoy to the MAX!!!â€

 

Wedding Details:

Arrival Date:  Thursday Dec 6

Wedding Date:  Sunday Dec 9

Wedding Co-coordinator: Cecilia

Meeting with wedding c-coordinator: Friday Dec 7 at Noon

# of Guest: 20

Wedding Package: Gold

 

Wedding Locations:

I know itâ€s hard to decide the locations when you havenâ€t been to the site.  I do believe you had seen pictures for different location form Cecilia or even on this blog, GO WITH YOUR GUTS and pick the first choice you have in mind!

When you have your first meeting with the coordinator, she will show you all the sites and you can finalize all the details with her

<My Choices>

Ceremony Location:  3pm Beach New Canopy (I requested to setup at the old canopy on the contract, not sure why I ended up at the new one… but it worked out fine)

This is the location we chose for our 3 pm ceremony -- it looks so beautiful!  :)

 

Cocktail Hour:  on the beach (with the Mexican band)

We chose to have our Cocktail Hour on the beach as well... Did you find that the sand and/or heat was a problem?  I had read that it was just too windy and hot on the beach, and had thought about changing it to the Gazebo (where our dinner reception will be held).  

 

Also, would you recommend the Mexican Band over the Caribbean Band?  I believe we have the Caribbean Band in the contract now...

 

Reception Location: 6:30pm at Pool Side Gazebo (Rain started at six... *sigh* had to moved everything inside to the private room inside The World Café.  Dinner started at 7pm, was impressed the last min change workout quickly and smoothly!!)

Wow!  We chose all of the same locations!  :)

 

 

Makeup & Hair Service at the Spa:  what a great job my Makeup artist did!  (I didnâ€t do trail run, just brought a picture of the hair style and makeup style and both turn out really really Great!!)

  • They used MAC products and the makeup lasted for the whole day
  • Foundation perfectly match my skin tone
  • Strongly recommend half-do or up-do.  I have long hair and always prefer with my hair down, but I took the advices from my photographers and the makeup artist to have my hair all up and not regretting it.  It could be a little bit windy on the beach and you donâ€t want your hair all over your face on every picture!!

 

Extra Upgrades:

  • Sound System for Ceremony. (Awesome suggestion from the blog, waves on the beach can be loud. If you have a bigger group, you might want to invest the sound system so that everyone can hear the wedding administrator and the music during the ceremony)  We have the sound system for the ceremony as well.  Did the technician do a good job on each song transition or did he/she just "press play" and let it go from there?  I am very nervous about this, as we will not have a rehearsal.

 

  • Flowers upgrades, including 4 bamboo flower arrangements along the ceremony isles. (I was very disappointed that my bouquet and bamboo flowers turned out to be totally different than we agreed with the florist.  We even had the emails and pictures of the flowers on the contract.  The flowers are nice but not what I expected and paid for)  After all, I still think that itâ€s a good upgrade, good decoration and turned out great on pictures!!!  We did a LOT of flower upgrades through Maya Floral (they were MUCH less expensive than Planner1Events), including flowers and draping for the whole ceremony canopy -- we found a photo of another wedding they had done using a similar canopy structure and just had them give us a quote to duplicate it.  I hope it turns out great -- fingers crossed!!

 

  • Hired outside photographer (8hrs service) – Citlalli Rico.  Had a great experience with Citalli and her assistant Tamara… canâ€t wait to see my wedding pictures!!!  (Instead of going for the package photographer, weâ€ve hired someone outside.  There were $100/pp charge for the resort day pass).  We are flying our photographer down to SMB from Tennessee (my home state), so I really hope that will be worth it!  :)  Also, will we be able to get inside the abandoned mansion since our wedding is on a Friday afternoon?  I have read conflicting information regarding this...

 

  • 3hrs DJ.  (we subsidized the photos hours by 3hrs DJ time, extra charge also applied).  Since we will only have 14 people (including us), we decided to buy a Jawbone Big Jambox to use for music/speakers for the Welcome Bonfire and the Dinner Reception.  <---- this will be more like a "dinner" than a reception, because we will be having a HUGE reception at home a few weeks after we return...

 

  • Cool Firework… LOVE LOVE the firework at our reception entrance  <---- this looks so cool, I wish we could spring for it!!  :)
  • Added two Lightings for tables.  Did you find that there was not enough light at your reception?  I am thinking ours will not last as long as most others, since we are really just having dinner, dancing a little bit, and taking photos... 
  • Dinner Menu Upgrade – Platinum Dinner Menu.

 

Other little things……

  • Parasols, hand fans, bubbles, Wedding Timeline (DIY) for the Ceremony
  • Reception Table Runners to add some color accents (Bought from an online store)
  • Reception Table Name tags (Silver luggage Name Tags) <---- I am interested to know where you got these.  Would you post a photo of them -- they sound so cute!! and Wedding Favors (Bought from online store)
  • Bride and Groom Chair Signs (DIY)
  • Table Seating Plan for the Wedding Co-ordinator and the DJ
  • Group Picture Name List (it helps to speed up the Group picture section and have more time for the B&G to take their own pictures)

 

Ceremony Songs: Very upbeat and urban Instrumental Music from “Vitamin String Quartet†and “The Piano Guysâ€.

Bride Entrance:  Lucky (Vitamin String Quartet)

Interlude: Say Yes (Vitamin String Quartet)

Sand Ceremony: Iâ€m yours (Vitamin String Quartet)

Recessional: Canon in D / Rockelbel's Canon (The Piano Guys)

 

 

P.S.

During my 10 days stay at SMB, everyday has at least one wedding going on.  I can imagine how busy are the two wedding coordinators would be from answering emails, to physically setup and run-down the real weddings.

I was very frustrated when I first tried to book my wedding date a year ago and I was surprised at the time I couldnâ€t get the “dates†I wanted, and ended up having a Sunday wedding and have to pay for extra $100.

SO…. All future brides, contact your coordinator and secure your DATE, WEDDING LOCATION, RECEPTION LOCATION ASAP!!  All other details will come into place … donâ€t stress yourself out!!

 

I know your wedding will work out beautifully like mine!

 

XOXO

- Funkydoll

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I don't think the video is regarding Secrets Maroma Beach ...

 

Originally Posted by Mikecantarell View Post

Hi Brides to be!,

 

Here you can find an example of a wedding that took place at SMB, we are inside vendors there, so you don't need to pay any fee. Feel free to contact me if you have any doubt. woot.gif

 

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